Last school year, we discovered that sometimes, when studying history and geography, what you need is a really big map. Unfortunately, with limited wall space – and, you know, the fact that we school in the main living areas of our home – we don’t have a spot for a really big map. So, in a stroke of brilliance, I decided that if we could have a portable preschool learning center, we could have a portable wall map.
You know those projects that turn out just exactly as you had envisioned them? This wasn’t one of those.
The paper on the map I bought was really thin, so it turned out to be virtually impossible to get it smoothed out flat on the presentation board once it hit the glue, despite the fact that I had a helper and a ruler for attempting a smooth finish. We wound up with something of a topographical map with a few extra mountain ranges and ocean ridges.
Still, imperfect though the final result was, I think it’s going to serve our purposes well. It folds up to be stored behind our bookshelf when not in use and it’s large enough to easily locate the places we’ll be studying. It gives us a much better “big picture” view of the world than our globe, atlas, or Google maps.
As long as we keep in mind that some countries are not as mountainous as they appear, I think we’ll be fine. If you try this project, let me know if you figure out a way to do a better job of keeping the map smooth – which may involve buying a sturdier map to begin with.
What creative ways have you found for storing or displaying maps when space is limited?
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.